Pat Cummins the bowler might not have delivered as per expectations in the ongoing IPL 2020 but Pat Cummins the batsman has surely exceeded all the expectations. The Kolkata Knight Riders star, on Friday, scored a stunning fifty to rescue his side against Mumbai Indians.
He scored 53 off just 36 balls to help KKR recover from 61 for 5 and post a respectable total of 148 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs. Batting first, KKR were off to a disastrous start as they lost their top-four batsmen for just 42 runs. 19 runs later, they suffered another blow when Andre Russell departed too.
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At that stage, even the 100-run mark was looking like a distant dream for the Kolkata-based outfit. However, Pat Cummins and Eoin Morgan fought back and stitched together a fine unbeaten partnership of 87 runs to help their side put up a challenging total.
Pat Cummins took the aggressor’s role during the stand while Morgan looked more than happy to play the role of the second fiddle. Cummins’ 36-ball knock was studded with 5 fours and two sixes. On the other hand, Morgan scored 39 off 29 balls with the help of two fours and as many sixes.
The duo collected 35 runs from the last two overs to guide KKR to a good total. In the 19th over bowled by Trent Boult, Pat Cummins hit a four and a six to help his side collected 14 runs. In the final over bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile, 21 runs were scored with Cummins hitting one four and Morgan hitting two sixes.
Meanwhile, the cricketing fraternity was quick to applaud Cummins for his fighting knock.
Here are some of the reactions to Pat Cummins’ knock:
Pat Cummins ko 15 crore diya hai, batting, bowling, aur ab captaincy bhi ussi se karwao, in my view. #IPL
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) October 16, 2020
Fun fact – Pat Cummins has more runs than Andre Russell in #IPL2020
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 16, 2020
Pat Cummins is one of KKR’s best batsmen.
Glenn Maxwell is one of KXIP’s best bowlers.
Ajinkya Rahane has been one DC’s best fielders.
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) October 16, 2020
Pat Cummins in this IPL:
•More sixes than his wickets.
•More runs than Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik.
•More sixes than Andre Russell, 2nd Most sixes overall for KKR.
•Best Strike Rate by KKR Batsman.
•3rd best average by KKR batsman.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 16, 2020
*15.5Cr wala Pat Cummins’s form is back🔥*
— Tweetera🐦 (@DoctorrSays) October 16, 2020
Pat Cummins this IPL pic.twitter.com/6bdVDTHaml
— Monika #rcb❤ (@MonikaThakkar10) October 16, 2020
Pat Cummins better player of spin than entire RCB squad .
— Aivy (@VamosVirat) October 16, 2020
Pat Cummins is a gun player, every time people criticize him, he comes back strongly. After last game, KKR fans were upset with Mike Hesson that he let them take Cummins and bought Morris himself. Today Morris with bat saved KKR, maybe with ball too 🤞
— Akshay (@Kohlify) October 16, 2020
*Pat Cummins to other KKR batsmen after today’s knock* pic.twitter.com/TWsYnmaHt1
— Siddhesh (@Sid_maymay) October 16, 2020
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) October 16, 2020